Apr 13 • 17M

Why so many Africans are HUGE supporters of Russia and Vladimir Putin. LISTEN NOW to Episode #789 of The Breakdown with Shaun King

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SHOW NOTES: HINT - it's not just because of Russian propaganda.

Russia has a VERY long history of truly supporting the continent of Africa when almost the entire white world was either standing down or literally doing the oppressing during colonization and Apartheid.

That's at the root here, but even beyond that, nations like Russia and China continue to provide billions of dollars not of "aid," but investment into massive development projects that again, most of the white world has ignored.And so, when Putin does something that I think is truly horrible in the invasion of Ukraine, and commits countless war crimes in the process, most African leaders are almost completely unwilling to call him out.

Let me unpack and explain it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shaun King is one of the most followed and shared activists and journalists in the world. In addition to being the Founder and Editor in Chief of The North Star, he also leads the Grassroots Law Project and the Real Justice PAC. A historian by training, Shaun King is the New York Times bestselling author of Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future. His upcoming book, a memoir called Lemons and Stones, is on sale now! Shaun’s daily news podcast, The Breakdown with Shaun King, has been heard and shared hundreds of millions of times in almost every country in the world and is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and everywhere podcasts are heard. Shaun has been with his brilliant wife, Dr. Rai King, for nearly 25 years, and they are raising their 5 kids in Brooklyn, New York.